On April 29…

1429 – Joan of Arc, a 17-year-old French peasant, began a crusade to relieve the city of Orleans of English control.

 

1854 – Through an act by the Pennsylvania State Legislature, the Ashmun Institute became the first college chartered exclusively for African-Americans.  It was renamed the Lincoln Institute in 1866.

1879 – Electric arc lights were used for the first time in Cleveland, OH.

1945 – American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, where tens of thousands of people had perished.

 

1992 – A jury in Simi Valley, CA, acquitted 4 White police officers of beating motorist Rodney King the previous year.  The verdict prompted widespread rioting through much of Los Angeles.

2004 – The National World War II Memorial opened in Washington, D.C.

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